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Pope Francis declares ‘climate emergency’ and urges action

Addressing energy leaders, pope warns of catastrophic effects of global heating Pope Francis has declared a global climate emergency, warning of the dangers of Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change of catastrophic effects if we crossed such a threshold. He said a radical energy transition would be needed to stay within that limit, and urged young people and businesses to take a leading role. Future generations stand to inherit a greatly spoiled world. Our children and grandchildren should not have to pay the cost of our generations irresponsibility, he said, in…

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Catalan leaders did not engage in rebellion, Spanish court told

Defence rejects claim actions amounted to coup as landmark proceedings draw to close Lawyers for the Catalan separatist leaders on trial over their alleged role in the regions failed independence bid have flatly denied their clients engaged in violent rebellion against the Spanish state as unilateral independence referendum on 1 October 2017 and the Catalan parliaments subsequent the 12 defendants who include the former Catalan vice-president Oriol Junqueras, the former speaker of the Catalan parliament Carme Forcadell, and two influential grassroots activists, Jordi Cuixart and Jordi Snchez are accused of…

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Hong Kong protests: government vows to push ahead with extradition bill

Leader Carrie Lam refuses to withdraw law, which critics fear could be abused by Beijing The leader of Hong Kongs government has said she remains determined to pass a proposed extradition law despite China. Opponents of the law say it is being pushed by the Chinese government, and fear that Beijing will use it to extradite activists, dissidents and other political opponents who will end up in Chinas opaque and politicised courts. Striking a defiant tone on Monday, Hong Kongs chief executive, Carrie Lam, said: This bill is not initiated…

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US ambassador: Israel has right to annex parts of West Bank

David Friedman gives interview to New York Times and says: Israel has right to some, but unlikely all of disputed territory The US ambassador to Israel did not rule out an Israeli move to annex parts of the occupied West Bank, land the Palestinians seek for a state, in working on a proposal for peace between Israel and the Palestinians, dubbed by Donald Trump the deal of the century. It has not disclosed any of its details. In an interview with Axios last week White House adviser Jared Kushner cast…

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Mediterranean will be ‘sea of blood’ without rescue boats, UN warns

Refugee agency says risk of people dying attempting crossing is at its highest The risk of migrants and refugees becoming shipwrecked in the Mediterranean and dying at sea is the highest it has ever been due to a lack of NGO rescue ships and the conflict in Libya hastening departures at an alarming rate, the UN has warned. If we do not intervene soon, there will be a sea of blood, said Carlotta Sami, the spokeswoman for the UN refugee agency, UNHCR, in Italy. With favourable sea conditions, thousands of…

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Venezuelas gold fever fuels gangs and insecurity: ‘There will be anarchy’

Puerto Ordaz has been swept up in a gold rush that powers the city as the armed groups running the mines flourish Puerto Ordaz was once Venezuelas industrial hub, a modernist dream of broad boulevards and ranks of factories and gateway to a belt of rich oilfields that funded government largesse for decades. As the economy has crumbled though, the modern city of steel and aluminium has been swallowed by its past, transformed into little more than an outpost of the gold mines a few hours drive away in the…

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Kevin Spacey in surprise appearance at sexual assault case hearing

Spacey, 59, accused of groping young man in Nantucket bar in 2016 and faces up to two and a half years in jail if convicted Wearing a gray suit and glasses, Kevin Spacey appeared on Monday at a Massachusetts courthouse where a judge was set to hold a hearing in the case accusing the disgraced actor of groping a young man at a Nantucket bar in 2016. Spaceys appearance was a surprise as he was not required to attend the hearing and has stayed away from the courthouse except for…

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Taron Egerton speaks out against Rocketman scene cuts in Russia

Actor who stars in Elton John biopic says he is crestfallen at removal of gay scenes Taron Egerton, the star of the Elton John biopic, Rocketman,has said he is dismayed that gay scenes have been cut from the film in Russia. Egerton, who has won praise for his portrayal of John in the film, Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/film/2019/jun/01/taron-egerton-speaks-out-against-rocketman-gay-scene-cuts-in-russia

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Amish on holiday photo essay

Photographer Dina Litovsky spoke to us about her work photographing the Amish community holidaying in the warmer climate down in Sarasota Florida Among the fastest-growing faith groups on the continent, North Americas Amish and Mennonite populations are largely known for eschewing the trappings of modern society in favour of rustic lifestyles. But in Pinecraft, a small neighbourhood in Sarasota, At sundown, young women in long dresses and white bonnets play volleyball on the beach as their husbands watch on and cheer. On Saturday evenings, both the Amish and Mennonite communities…

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Sexism, slander, hatred: Sri Lankas culture of online abuse

From politicians to members of the LGBTQI community, social media in Sri Lanka is a hotbed of harassment and hostility The threats began after Jegatheeswaram Jeyachandrika decided to contest local government elections. Clutching a file of printouts, Meena, as she is known, points to a Facebook post in which she is pictured, circled in red, among a group of people. We opened some new shops that day, part of a collective project, she says. This post implies that Im the mistress of one of the ministers in the photo. That…

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Mike Pence tells US military graduates: you should expect to see combat

Vice-president says Some of you will join the fight against radical Islamic terrorists and hints at possible military intervention in Venezuela Vice-President Mike Pence has told the most diverse graduating class in the history of the US Military Academy the world is a dangerous place and they should expect to see combat. Some of you will join the fight against radical Islamic terrorists in Afghanistan and Iraq, he said. He also said: Some of you may even be called upon to serve in this hemisphere. The US is currently weighing…

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Philippines threatens to dump rubbish back in Canadian waters as row deepens

Two nations have been at odds over 69 containers of waste sent to the Philippines in 2013 and 2014 Philippines president Rodrigo Duterte has ordered his government to hire a private shipping company to send 69 containers of garbage back to Canada and leave them within its territorial waters if it refuses to accept the rubbish. The Philippines as an independent sovereign nation must not be treated as trash by other foreign nation, presidential spokesman Salvador Panelo told a media briefing. Canada says the waste, exported to the Philippines between…

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Five more years of Narendra Modi will take India to a dark place | Kapil Komireddi

If the Indian prime minister is returned to office, his sectarian politics will make bigotry the defining ideal of the republic, says author Kapil Komireddi Indian elections are a marvel to behold. The rules stipulate that no citizen should have to travel more than 2km to vote. So the state goes to the voters. Carrying oxygen tanks, election officials scaled the Himalayas to erect a voting booth in a village in Ladakh, 4,500 metres above sea level. In western India, a polling station was set up for the lone human…

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Romance novelists pledge to confront abortion ‘taboo’ after Alabama ban

State senates near-total abortion ban prompts demand for genre to treat issue as a normal part of life, not a moral lesson Dip into the fast-moving world of romantic fiction and it quickly becomes clear that very few of the fictional couples Alabamas state senate passed a near-total ban on abortion, writers are asking themselves why none of these heroines ever considers termination. According to the Guttmacher Institute, an organisation promoting sexual and reproductive health and rights, its a common experience for women in the US, with an abortion by…

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Marine Le Pen makes ‘OK’ hand gesture used by white supremacists

Frances far-right National Rally leader asks ally to remove controversial selfie from Facebook Marine Le Pen, the leader of Frances far-right part of the countrys coalition government, as part of cross-continent negotiations on setting up a new bloc of nationalist and far-right forces after European elections next week. She made the OK hand signal together with Ruuben Kaalep, a 25-year-old EKRE MP and the leader of its youth movement, and the Estonian politician uploaded the photograph to his Facebook page. I was in a selfie at his request, making a…

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